The London School of Economics and Political Science has enjoyed a long and rich relationship with Asia. Many of the School's finest students, at all levels, have come from the continent, bringing their unique experiences with them and enriching the intellectual and cultural life of LSE.
I am delighted that LSE's third major academic and social event in Asia to celebrate and reinforce this relationship will take place in India. The event is part of a wider initiative to strengthen existing links and build new strategic alliances through teaching programmes, corporate alliances, research affiliations with key universities and alumni programmes.
This year's is dedicated to the memory of Dr Indraprasad Gordhanbhai (IG) Patel, former director of LSE, and former governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). Dr Patel was the ninth director of LSE, from 1984 to 1990.
LSE has long been at the forefront of analysing the nature and challenges of globalisation. This forum will focus on investigating the challenge of configuring organisations, public policies and social reform processes so as to achieve a sustainable balance between the social, political and economic opportunities offered by globalisation.
The LSE Asia Forum will bring together prominent business leaders, policy makers and academic experts to explore developments in this key region of the world and to engage with Asia's contribution to the governance of globalisation. LSE is honoured that Dr Manmohan Singh, Prime Minister of India will deliver the opening keynote speech. The event promises to be both inspiring and informative.
LSE Asia Forum 2006: Programme